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BOSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been named a recipient of the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for the political courage he showed when he agreed to a 1990 budget compromise that jeopardized his re-election bid by violating his 1988 campaign promise not to raise taxes.

Paul W. Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., was also named a recipient for risking his mayoral career by publicly opposing a controversial immigration law.

The recipients were announced Thursday by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, on May 4 at the library.

The award is named for Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage,” which tells the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers by taking stands for unpopular positions.

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